Charlemagne was great, but his son Louis the Pious may have been even better (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 4)

[This is part four and the final selection of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-c.900), is a fascinating era. To this point, the articles have discussed the crowning of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Venerable Bede's take on Lent. In … Continue reading Charlemagne was great, but his son Louis the Pious may have been even better (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 4)

Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

[This is part three of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. The Venerable Bede, who is the subject of this article, was an English contemporary of the Carolingians who was largely responsible for the rise of English literacy … Continue reading Why Christians Should Celebrate Lent and the Venerable Bede

Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 2)

[This is part two of my series of articles entitled: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. The series began with the high point of the period, the crowning of Charlemagne as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas Day, AD 800. Part … Continue reading Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 2)

A Reluctant Icon: Charlemagne (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 1)

[In the next few weeks, I will be publishing a series of articles under the heading: "Hangin' with the Carolingians." The Carolingian dynasty, which encompassed nearly two centuries (AD 686-840), is a fascinating era. This series will begin with a discussion on the high point of the period, the crowning of Charlemagne as Emperor of … Continue reading A Reluctant Icon: Charlemagne (Hangin’ with the Carolingians part 1)

The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites

In light of the recent news in my city (Tulsa, OK), I have decided to postpone writing at Katherine von Bora (Luther's wife) for one week. As most of you know, #towerman has been dominating the lead stories in Tulsa. A troubled young man spent nearly a week a top of large broadcasting tower in … Continue reading The still-undefeated #towerman – Simeon Stylites

Columba says, “Take that, Loch Ness Monster!”

Perhaps no other group of people in history have been responsible for such major contributions to the Christian story while receiving so little credit as the medieval Celtic Christians. Many Christians are somewhat wary of anything that ties spirituality to Celtic influence because of its modern secularization. This is a grave mistake. The most renowned … Continue reading Columba says, “Take that, Loch Ness Monster!”